A Song Tag. Again.

This is a song tag I found here, and only slightly altered it.

I like doing these when I have nothing else to write about.¬† ūüôā¬† And, since I’m obnoxious, I am going to TRY to give 3 answers to each category.

And here we go……………….

 A Song You Like With a Color in The Title:

Gold – Sir Sly, Blue Jeans – Lana del Rey, Silver Lining – Rilo Kiley

A Song That Reminds You of Summertime: 

Say Hey – Michael Franti & Spearhead, Woman Woman – AWOLNATION, Little Things – Bush

The first two because of the overall sound of them — upbeat and feel good-ish.¬† The last because it reminds me of the summer of ’96, which was the most epic of my teenage years.

A Song That Reminds You of Someone You Would Rather Forget About:

I can’t think of any song or any person that I would rather forget about.¬† Everyone comes into your life for a reason.

A Song That Needs to Be Played LOUD:

Let’s Go – Trick Daddy featuring Twista & Lil Jon, I Get It – Chevelle, Beat It – Fall Out Boy featuring John Mayer

A Song That Makes You Want to Dance:

Best Friend – Sofi Tukker featuring NERVO, The Knocks, & Alise Ueno, Dance Off – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Idris Elba, Bust a Move – Young MC

A Song to Drive to: 

Asleep at the Wheel – Bloodhound Gang, Holding Onto You – Twenty One Pilots, Intergalactic – Beastie Boys

A Song That Makes You Happy:

Stolen Dance – Milky Chance, Stuck in the Middle With You – Stealers Wheel, Something Beautiful – NEEDTOBREATHE

A Song That Makes You Sad:

Vera/Bring the Boys Back Home – Pink Floyd, Brick – Ben Folds Five, The Test – The Classic Crime

A Song That You Never Get Tired of:

Pepper – Butthole Surfers, The Cave – Mumford & Sons, Sail – AWOLNATION

A Song That You Like With A Number In The title:

Seven Bridges Road – Eagles, Acoustic #3 – Goo Goo Dolls, 3 am – Matchbox 20

A song from your preteen years:

Buttermilk Biscuits – Sir Mix-a-Lot, The Devil Came Up to Michigan – KMC KRU, Parents Just Don’t Understand – DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince

One of Your Favorite 80’s Songs: 

Sweet Dreams (Are Made of These) – Eurythmics, In the Air Tonight – Phil Collins, Batdance – Prince

A Song That is a Cover By Another Artist:

Come Together – Gary Clark, Jr (Beatles), Radioactive – Daughtry (Imagine Dragons), Where Did You Sleep Last Night? – Nirvana (Leadbelly)

One of Your Favorite Classical Songs:

West Texas – Wyman Meinzer, Hedwig’s Theme – John Williams, Wake Me Up – 2Cellos

A Song That Makes You Think About Life:

Praise You in This Storm – Casting Crowns, Believe – Mumford & Sons, Beautiful – Eminem

A Song from Your Birth Year

Another Brick in the Wall, Part Two – Pink Floyd, Another One Bites the Dust – Queen, You Shook Me All Night Long – AC/DC

Another Brick in the Wall, Part II was released in 1979 but was still on the Billboard charts in 1980.¬† So, I’m counting it.¬† So, there….

A song that you think everybody should listen to:

What It’s Like – Everlast, Be As You Are – Mike Posner, Simple Man – Shinedown

A song by an artist no longer living:

Numb – Linkin Park, No Rain – Blind Melon, Ode to My Family – The Cranberries

A Song That Breaks Your Heart:

Skin – Alexz Johnson, Piece by Piece – Kelly Clarkson, Hate Me – Blue October

A song by an artist with a voice that you love:

No Light, No Light – Florence + the Machine, Way Down We Go – Kaleo, Sound of Silence – Disturbed

A song that you remember from your childhood:

El Shaddai – Amy Grant, They’re Coming to Take Me Away – Napoleon XIV, Joy to the World – Three Dog Night

A song that reminds you of yourself:

Flagpole Sitta – Harvey Danger, Pretty Fly (For a White Guy) – The Offspring, Imperfection – Saving Jane

A song that you recognize immediately from the intro:

Otherside – Red Hot Chili Peppers, Mary Jane’s Last Dance – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, One – Metallica

 

Whew!!

 

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I’m still alive. In case you were wondering.

Hello, neglected readers.  I am sorry that I have been away for so long.  As usual, I started a project (this and one other blog) and then got distracted and left them shivering and alone and utterly abandoned.

I have been working on another blogging project, however. ¬†This one with a friend. ¬†It was her idea. ¬†And, it has been quite successful and rewarding. ¬†I really hope that we are helping people. ¬†That’s our goal anyway. ¬†http://theinnerviewweb.wordpress.com, if you’re interested. ¬†We are always looking for contributors, btw. ¬†Please reach out to me if you have a story to tell. ¬†Anonymously or not!

Also, The Hubs’s new work project has been picking up speed. ¬†And, we’ve had a lot going on in the home front: ¬†another garage sale, family visits, family reunions, fantasy football draft parties, visits to my grandma, craft projects, road trips, etc etc etc. ¬†Time is flying by at an alarming rate.

Our 20th wedding anniversary, which has forever seemed in the distant future, is only a month away now! ¬†Goodness! ¬†I can’t even wrap my head around being married that long. ¬†But, we have. ¬†The Hubs and I took a selfie Saturday evening while out to dinner with friends. ¬†I almost gasped when I saw it. ¬†We look….**insert tense, dark music leading up to a horrific reveal here**….middle aged! ¬†Surely we don’t actually look like that in normal, everyday life. ¬†SURELY I would have noticed…..

A small portion of my out-of-state in-laws recently left after a two-week visit. ¬†That is always an ordeal. ¬†The Hubs’s family is just so friggin’ massive. ¬†We hosted a retirement party for my mother-in-law. ¬†It was mostly local family that attended, and I would guesstimate that there were 50-70 people there. ¬†We decorated for two hours. ¬†Cooked for two days. ¬†Planned for two weeks. ¬†It was exhausting. ¬†But, she had a good time, and that’s all that matters. ¬†My right eye has finally stopped twitching. ¬†(I kid….I kid….)

Anywho. ¬†So, that’s my excuse for not blogging recently. ¬†And, I guess that my 100 Day Song Challenge is a gigantic failure. ¬†I’ll never catch up on that. ¬†Oh well…..

Hope you are happy and peaceful and enjoying life.

Song of the Day

Numb by Linkin Park. ¬†This is in honor of Chester Bennington, who committed suicide last week. ¬†So. ¬†Sad. ¬†Suicide is NEVER the answer. ¬†It breaks my heart to hear of anyone doing it…….

Recipe of the Day

Strawberry Jam-Filled White Chocolate Mousse Mirror Glaze Cake via http://www.casuable.com. ¬†The Hubs and I tried to make this for his mom’s party. ¬†It. ¬†Was. ¬†A. ¬†Disaster. ¬†In the end, we served a bowl of “cake salad”. ¬†It was hideous, but very very tasty. ¬†Sigh….

Ingredients

White Chocolate Mousse

  • 8¬†egg yolks
  • ¬ľ¬†cup¬†sugar
  • 1¬Ĺ¬†cups¬†heavy cream¬†(for the eggs)
  • 1¬Ĺ¬†cups¬†white chocolate¬†(over 30% cocoa butter)
  • 2¬†cups¬†heavy cream¬†chilled (for whipping)

Mirror Glaze

  • 300¬†milliliters¬†water
  • 1¬Ĺ¬†cups¬†sugar
  • 1 14-¬†ounce¬†can sweeten condensed milk
  • 15¬†gelatin sheets
  • 26¬†ounces¬†white chocolate¬†chopped (over 30% cocoa butter)
  • Gel food coloring of choice

Mirror Glaze Cake

  • 1¬†recipe White Chocolate Mousse
  • 18¬†ounces¬†strawberry jam¬†seedless
  • 2¬†round vanilla cakes¬†prepared with box instructions and trimmed to 1 cm thick
  • 1¬†recipe Mirror Glaze

Instructions

White Chocolate Mousse

  1. In a large bowl, beat the egg yolks with a hand mixer until frothy and airy, then mix in the sugar slowly. Beat until lemon-colored and fluffy.
  2. Heat the cream in a pot over medium heat until steaming but not boiling, then slowly mix in half of the cream with the eggs ‚Äď being sure to not cook the eggs by pouring too much cream inside before it‚Äôs mixed.
  3. Pour the warm creamy egg mixture into the pot with the rest of the cream and cook over low heat, stirring constantly until the mixture has thickened enough to coat the back of a spoon without dripping off too much.
  4. Mix in the white chocolate until smooth, then transfer the mix to a bowl and press cling film into the surface to prevent a skin from forming. Chill completely.
  5. Once the white chocolate mixture is set, beat the cold cream in a large bowl until stiff peaks. Be careful not to overmix, it’s safer to undermix than the over mix.
  6. Carefully fold in the white chocolate mixture into the cream, a little at a time, until folded in completely. Set aside for later use.

Mirror Glaze

  1. Boil the water, sugar, and condensed milk in a pot for 1 minute, then remove from heat.
  2. Bloom the gelatin in 8 cups of cold water for 5 minutes, then wring the gelatin sheets of excess water and mix into the sugar mixture.
  3. Pour the liquid over the chocolate, letting it sit for 2-3 minutes to allow the chocolate to soften.
  4. Using an immersion blender, carefully blend the chocolate and the liquid, making sure that you are not blending in air bubbles by lifting up the blender too high. It’s okay to go slow, just make sure it’s all blended with as little bubbles as possible, which will show up in the final product.
  5. Sieve the mix into a large jug or vertical container to remove any excess bubbles. If there are still bubbles, continue to sieve back and forth. A trick to remove air bubbles from the surface is to manually pop them with a toothpick or to press cling film into the surface and remove the bubbles.
  6. Separate the glaze into different containers and color them to your desire. We used red and white for this cake. Blend the coloring with the glaze until the color is distributed evenly, then cover each container with the cling film, pressing the film into the glaze to ensure that there is no skin when you are ready to use the glaze.
  7. When you are ready to use the glaze, make sure each one is around 90-96¬įF, then pour the colored glazes back into one container. Swirl them if you‚Äôd like, then glaze your cake!

Mirror Glaze Cake

  1. Spread the jam evenly into the bottom of a round 8-inch cake pan, then place one of the cake rounds on top. Freeze completely.
  2. In a 9-inch by 3-inch silicone round cake mold, pour ‚ÖĒ of the chocolate mousse then tap the mold on the table to release any air bubbles.
  3. Place the frozen cake & jam disc on top of the mousse, jam-side down. Press the cake down slightly, then cover it with the rest of the mousse. Place the 2nd cake round on top, pressing down until the mousse rises to the level of the cake. Carefully transfer to a freezer and freeze overnight. It is vital that the cake is 100% frozen through.
  4. Place a can on top of a baking sheet, then carefully unmold the cake onto the can. Make sure to work quickly and that the glaze is already prepared.

Book of the Day

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A Painted House by John Grisham. ¬†I just finished this one today. ¬†I love books set in the ’50s. ¬†I think it’s because my parents were born in the ’50s. ¬†Life seemed so much simpler back then. ¬†It definitely was harder, but there was no social media. ¬†People lived slower. ¬†They seemed to have more values and treat people kinder. ¬†This book tells the story of 7-year-old Luke and his family, who are cotton farmers in rural Arkansas. ¬†I really enjoyed it.